Aviation Engineering News

The aviation industry is built on a backbone of large-scale engineering, from 400-seater VLAs like the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 777x to the complex mechanical operations behind large international airports.

Airlines are facing new challenges surrounding long-haul flights, reduced flight times, safety pressures and environmental impact. Engineering solutions including super-sonic aircraft, wing design and aerodynamics are beginning to shape the future of the industry and define the engineering that it is producing.

Due to the multinational nature of air travel, the aviation industry is often subject to a broad range of international standards and legislations which, in turn, can affect the engineering behind the aircraft. In recent years, the industry has seen ever-increasing pressures to improve its environmental credentials and safety record. All of this whilst trying to reduce costs in line with low-fare airlines and an increasing demand from travellers for cheap flights to a wider range of destinations than ever before.

This page is the only place you need to go to find all the latest aviation engineering news including the latest airliners from the likes of Boeing and Airbus to new jet engines from Rolls Royce and updated systems being deployed in domestic and international airports. We’ll keep you up to date with the introduction of new airliners, the retirement of older models and who’s picking up key contracts to produce replacement global fleets across the commercial aviation industry.  

The inside story of Airbus' first commercial aircraft

The jet, which proved difficult to sell at first, ended up propelling Airbus on its collision course to compete with Boeing. Key.Aero uncovers the manufacturer’s bumpy road to success with its maiden type.

Apache Longbow radar finds export orders

Morocco, the Netherlands, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and India are to receive AN/APG-78 Longbow Fire Control Radar (FCR) systems for their Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopters under four contracts worth $164.6m announced in September. 

Which airlines still fly the Boeing 747?

With numbers of the iconic jumbo reducing, it’s hard to keep track of who still operates them. Key.Aero analyses the figures to find out which carriers will still take you on a 747…

Three more A330 MRTTs for France

France's Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, announced on September 3 that three additional Airbus A330s have been ordered for conversion into Phénix Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft.

Embraer to Cut Jobs Following Failed Boeing Deal

Brazilian manufacturer attributes further workforce reductions to COVID-19 and a partnership that turned sour

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Aircraft Report: RAH-66 Comanche

Designed for pure stealth, Boeing-Sikorsky’s RAH-66 Comanche was one of the most exciting developments at the turn of the millennium, but the programme’s soaring costs meant it was not to be.

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Boeing's Adopted Aircraft

On this day in 1998, the first Boeing 717 took to the skies on its maiden flight. Key.Aero recounts the type’s relatively unsuccessful stint with the Seattle-based manufacturer – and details its controversial name

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FlyPast Classics: Griffon-engined Seafires

Marrying the Rolls-Royce Griffon powerplant with the already successful Merlin-engined Supermarine Seafire...

USAF deploys six B-52s to RAF Fairford

Six US Air Force (USAF) B-52H Stratofortress bombers – belonging to the 5th Bomb Wing (BW) at Minot Air Force Base (AFB), North Dakota – deployed to RAF Fairford, UK, on August 22.

When Boeing made a mini 747

Stretching more than 70 metres, the Boeing 747 is one of the longest aircraft in the world. Then they chopped 20 metres off the end…

Aviation Engineering Companies

The aviation industry is made up of engineering giants including Boeing, Airbus, Rolls Royce, Gulfstream and Honda. Between them, they produce a wide variety of aircraft from single propeller craft and private jets through to the European short haul favourite, the Airbus A320 and long-haul behemoths like the Boeing 747.

This page will keep you up to date with the latest engineering news from these companies including ongoing projects, testing phases and maiden flights for new models. Be the first to find out which airlines are updating their fleets with the latest models and which manufacturer has secured the production contract.

To find out more on commercial aviation news take a look at some of our other related pages including Airport NewsAirport Technology and Commercial Aviation News.

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